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The writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (RSRH) deeply resonate with many people today, as they have since the time he penned them in the middle of the nineteenth century, using them to recreate a community of modern, Torah-faithful Jews in Frankfurt that had all but disappeared. Many find that, ironically, his words seem more suited for our times than when he composed them. He stands almost alone among commentators in dealing with many themes of modernity: cultrual evolution; our relationships with non-Jews; the Jewish mission to the rest of civilization; freedom of the will versus determinism; autonomy and totalitarianism; understanding the impact of paganism on the ancient world. Of course, his treatment of symbolism.

Each week, we will present some thought of RSRH on the parshah. Most will be taken from his great commentary on the Torah. Recognizing that his language is often a barrier to students, we will take his thought and completely retool and reframe it. We hope that the kernel thought will be faithful to him, while the development will remain the responsibility of the author.

We hope that these offerings will prove to be an inspiring and enlightening weekly foray into the rich world of the contribution of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

If you'd like, you can see the list of all archived Rav Hirsch articles on the Parsha, or the index to all archived Torah Portion articles.



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It's Time To Stop Talking
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

Your Time Is Up
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Thought Provoking
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

ReJEWvination at the Source
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Those who Think They Know Better, are No Better
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Plagues: Personal, Societal and Familial
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Good News and Bad News
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Punishment: Hidden Treasure?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Someone Order Matzah to Go?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

> Have A Good Look
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

We Are One
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Bris & The Final Redemption
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764


Not Afflicted, Still Affected
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Hashem - Who's That?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

The Essence of the Jewish People
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5764

Negaim: Opening the Book
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

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